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Alert: New Form I-9 is Now Available

On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) released yet another updated version of the Form I-9. While employers are encouraged to start using the new Form I-9, employers are permitted to continue...more

New I-9 Form Required as of September 18

by Baker Donelson on

USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. The form will become mandatory beginning on September 18. Baker Donelson encourages employers to take note of the change and...more

USCIS Releases New Form I-9

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On July 17, 2017, the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the release of a new version of the Form I-9, version 07/17/17 N. This new version of the Form I-9 does not have sweeping substantive...more

Revised Form I-9 Now Available

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17, 2017. On...more

New Form I-9 Released

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Employers take note that a new Form I-9 has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security. The Form I-9 was released July 17 and will be effective September 17, 2017. Meaning, all employers must use the new version of...more

USCIS Releases New Form I-9 And New Handbook For Employers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On July 17, 2017, the USCIS announced the release of a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The revised version may be used immediately but it must be used no later than September 18, 2017. ...more

The L-1 Category: 3 Tips to Help Your Petition Withstand Scrutiny When Filing at USCIS

With the annual H-1B visa cap posing considerable staffing issues for U.S. employers requiring highly skilled workers, multinational corporations may increasingly turn to the L-1 visa to meet their need for knowledgeable,...more

Department of State Releases August 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-2 Worldwide to retrogress; EB-3 Worldwide is “current.” The US Department of State has released its August 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 17

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EPA Appropriations Bill: A House appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 would trim the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by $500 million, as opposed to the $2.6 billion cut requested by the White House. The...more

USCIS Moves Forward with Revised I-9 Employment Eligibility Form

Today, July 17, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new Form I-9 to replace the prior form which it released back in late January of this year. For now, employers will have a...more

Hawaii District Court Clarifies Scope of Travel Ban

by Clark Hill PLC on

On July 13, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii held in Hawaii v. Trump that the Trump Administration could not apply the "travel ban" to grandparents, grandchildren, and other close relatives....more

Travel Ban Tweaked Again: U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii Expands Definition of Close Familial Relationship to...

As a result of an order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii last night, foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are now considered exempt from President Trump’s travel ban...more

ICE is coming for Undocumented Workers – How to Prevent Corporate Frostbite

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Whatever your political views, undocumented workers and the businesses that knowingly or unknowingly employ them are coming under the microscope. If you compile recent headlines, you’ll know the President has implemented...more

New I-9 Form To Be Released July 17, 2017

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On July 12, 2017 USCIS announced that it will release a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. This new edition of the form, which will bear a revision date of 07/17/17 N, will...more

Travel Ban Does Not Apply To Grandparents And Other Close Relatives, Hawaii Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu has enjoined the federal government from using President Donald Trump’s partially reinstated travel ban to bar grandparents and other close relatives from entering the United States. He also...more

House Spending Bill for Homeland Security Heavy on Border Wall, Enforcement, and Deportation

On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and...more

Breaking: Federal Judge Expands List of Relatives Exempt from Trump Travel Ban

In deciding an emergent request by the State of Hawaii, a Federal District Court entered an order expanding the list of relatives who are not subject to the Trump Administration’s travel ban....more

Opportunity Foreclosed: The International Entrepreneur Parole Rule May Die Before it Gets Out of the Gate

The U.S. and worldwide entrepreneur community had been looking forward to July 17th with great anticipation. This was supposed to be the effective date of the new International Entrepreneur Parole immigration regulation....more

DHS Freezes Implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule and Threatens to Repeal It

In a surprising move to the startup community, the Trump administration has moved to delay and possibly repeal a rule that would help foreign entrepreneurs launching foreign startups apply for parole status to work in the...more

Alert: USCIS to Release New Form I-9

Just as employers were becoming used to the new Form I-9 released in January of this year, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services announced that it will be releasing yet another updated version of the Form I-9 on July 17....more

DHS Delays the Effective Date of the International Entrepreneur Final Rule

On July 11, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally delayed the implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule from July 17, 2017, to March 14, 2018, to allow for a public comment period. The final...more

USCIS: Latest Form I-9 to be published on July 17

by Varnum LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that the latest Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, will be released on July 17. Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue...more

Emails From clientverification@state.gov Are Legitimate

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Emails from clientverification@state.gov are legitimate, the Department of State Visa Office has confirmed to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). ...more

Personal Electronic Devices Ban Lifted For Some Airlines Under New DHS Security Requirements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

DHS Secretary John Kelly has released new enhanced security requirements for screening of personal electronic devices and passengers and for explosives for approximately 2,000 daily flights to the U.S. from 280 airports in...more

Panda Express Fined $400,000 for Form I-9 Compliance Violation

Panda Express—the world’s leading Chinese fast food chain—agreed to settle a US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into its Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification procedures.  Panda Express was fined $400,000...more

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